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Looking back on Viz Day 2020

by Kimberley Barker on 2020-04-27T16:14:00-04:00 | Comments

This post was written by Andrea Denton and Kimberley Barker.


On March 5, 2020, the Library hosted "Visualizing Information and Data in 20/20", aka “Viz Day”, an event which brought together experts in data services and those who were eager to learn more about the field. 

Viz Day was the brainchild of Research and Data Services Manager Andrea Denton and Clinical Librarian Kate Joshua, who applied for (and were awarded), a Claude Moore Health Sciences Innovation grant to fund the half-day event. She and the working group envisioned it as, "... featuring a resource fair and skill sessions to provide a venue for Health System faculty, staff, and students to learn about ways to visually display their results and data more effectively." 

The Resource Fair included UVA service providers who shared information about their resources via exhibit tables located on the first floor of the Library. These providers included:


Accessibility Partners at UVA

Research and Data Services | Health Sciences Library

Video Production Services | Health Sciences Library

iTHRIV/TriNetX Live

Research Data Services + Sciences | University Library

Research Computing | Office of the Vice President for Information Technology

Scholars' Lab | University Library


The following skill sessions/demonstrations were given in Library classrooms, and attracted over 100 attendees: 

"Creating a Custom Business Intelligence Solution",  Dave Lewis, MEd, School of Medicine

"What’s So Great About Data Visualization Using Tableau?", Nancy Kechner, Ph.D., Research Data Services + Sciences, University Library

"Turning Video into Objective Data for Medical Education Research",  Neeral Shah, MD, Division of Gastroenterology & Hepatology, Department of Medicine

"Patient Cohort Exploration: TriNetX", Johanna Loomba, BS, CCRC iTHRIV  

"How Humans See Data: Best Practices for Data Viz", Marieke Jones, PhD, Health Sciences Library

"Creating Interactive Visualizations in R with Shiny", David Martin, MS, Health Sciences Library 

"Turning Video into Objective Data for Medical Education Research",  Neeral Shah, MD, Division of Gastroenterology & Hepatology, Department of Medicine

"Pitfalls and Errors in Data Visualization and the Importance of Data Integrity", Zachary Henry, MD, MS, Division of Gastroenterology & Hepatology, Department of Medicine

"Access and Visualize Publication Impact through the Web of Science" Arian Abdulla, PhD, Health Sciences Library

"Infographics: a Novel Tool in Medical Education for Gastroenterology" Joseph Mort and Joanna Odenthal, School of Medicine

The Health Sciences Library had earlier in the year committed to the goal of "greening" its events, and so the planning committee purchased compostable plates, cups, utensils, and recycled napkins, and also avoided plastic- specifically plastic water bottles- buy choosing water in glass bottles. Further, the planning committee and the Health Sciences Library's administration worked with UVA Recycling to provide labeled bins for recyclable, compostable, and landfill-bound event waste.

Of the event, Denton said that its success was, "...due to combined efforts of nearly everyone on the Health Sciences Library staff", and expressed gratitude to her event partner, iTHRIV, and event sponsor, Research Computing (Office of the Vice President for Information Technology). With exhibitors and attendees interested in a repeat event, Denton has stated that, "Information and data visualization remain exciting topics with much potential for sharing and discussion, and a future Viz Day would most likely be even more successful."

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